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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
 
 
Who once were not a people but are now the people of God
 
There was a point when the Christian was not a part of the family of God. It is important occasionally to look back at what we were. There was a time when we were not naturalized or shall we say “super-naturalized” into the people of God.  
 
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
 
Gal 3:26  “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
 
The previous verse says that we are God’s special people, the people of his own possession. Once becoming a Christian, we are now people who belong to God. The onus is upon him to protect, care and provide for us. We will never have a need or problem that he does not meet. 
 
PRINCIPLE:
 
God wants us to compare our lost estate with our saved estate to appreciate what we have in Christ.
 
APPLICATION: 
 
At one point God did not claim us as his own.  We were devoid of the presence of God in our lives. 
 
Before we received Christ we were not a people in God’s eyes  – we did not belong to God. We were simply creatures created by God. All our thoughts were horizontal. We said prayers but we did not talk to God. We were religious but we had no relationship with God. We went through form and ceremony. We tried to be good but we could not live up to our own expectations. Then one day we met the Lord Jesus. We had a confrontation with the Son of God. Someone told us about the Savior. There is a difference between religion and Jesus. 
 
Now that we are Christians the onus is upon God to make provision for our daily needs. 
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